It’s the age old ‘what if’ question that has stumped sci-fi and comic book fans for generations. It has led to heated debates, late night head scratching, endless theorizing and a few fist fights.
If Superman came face-to-face with an enemy yielding a Star Wars lightsaber – could it possibly be used to cut the Man of Steel?
It would be great if we could get some kind of Superman and Star Wars crossover so that it can finally provide us a definitive answer to this. Can’t Zack Snyder and J.J. Abrams team up together to solve this riddle?
I posed this question to my fellow comic book/superhero fan and according to him Supes would easily survive the slicing and dicing of this intergalactic elegant weapon. Even if we’re meant to accept that a lightsaber can cut through anything, it wouldn’t be much of a threat to the Man of Steel.
Hardcore Star Wars geeks will surely know the sophisticated detailed construction of what goes into making a lightsaber much better than I. I’m sure there’s got to be some kind of blueprints that have been written with step-by-step instructions of how to make your own. I’ve never read them though.
When I was little a flashlight and some imagination was all I needed to pretend I was a lightsaber-wielding jedi. Today fans have detailed authentic replicas of the prop lightsabers used in the films! That’s a real step up from a rusty, broken flashlight.
Anyway, I do know lightsabers are created using these specific types of crystals that come in a variety of colors. The kind of crystal you choose to use will determine the color of the light of your saber.
My friend and I determined if you could somehow harness a kryptonite crystal into the making of your lightsaber then it could pose a lethal threat to Superman. If your ‘kryptonite lightsaber’ didn’t manage to get Supes’ super limbs flying off, it surely would cause him great pain when you hit him with it.
Plus, if Supes was further weakened by a lack of sunlight then this combination of weakness and weapon might be your best shot at Kenobi-ing Kal-El.
However, your first hurdle of killing Superman with a lightsaber would be getting close enough to him to use it. The problem with a lightsaber is you have to get within striking distance of your opponent to use it effectively. Jedi’s might be able to run awfully fast, but there’s no way they could keep up with Supes’ super speed. I don’t even think it would be a contest between Superman and a jedi running in a foot race.
Even that prequel nonsense of Yoda throwing his lightsaber at an enemy wouldn’t work too good. There’s no guarantee it would hit its target. How far could anyone throw a lightsaber accurately? Besides, Superman has that super speed and could probably easily avoid a lightsaber being hurled at him.
Using the Force might be able to slow him down though. Which raises another tantalizing question – is the Force magic?
Supes has a weakness against magic, therefore if the Force falls into the magic category it could be used to incapacitate him in someway. We’re told the Force is “an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together”. Could there be some magic in there somewhere?
If we define the Force as having some magical properties then perhaps you could wield your mighty Force power at Superman, knock him to the floor and get the jump on him using your kryptonite lightsaber! That Jedi speed we saw demonstrated in The Phantom Menacecould possibly make you fast enough to get the jump on the Man of Steel while he’s trying to get his bearings.
I hate using any of the philosophy or examples of the Star Wars prequels in this analysis. I’m not even going to touch that midichlorians definition that Lucas later came up with and ruined the whole idea of the Force. Microscopic organisms that supposedly speak to us telling us the will of the Force and then the kid was conceived by them or some crap. It makes the Force sound like some germ you need to wash your hands with Purell after touching. If that’s what the Force is you’re better off leaving Superman alone.
Supposedly a lightsaber can cut through anything, except another lightsaber. Basing that idea off the original trilogy I can accept this, but again if we look at George Lucas’ prequels this particular feature of the lightsaber doesn’t really hold.
At the beginning of The Phantom Menace Qui-Gon doesn’t just cut through the big metal door to get to those goofy aliens, he has to melt the big thing gradually having it fall apart. So it’s not so much a hot knife cutting through warm butter, it’s more like a hot wick gradually burning down the wax of a candle.
Superman wouldn’t sit still long enough for anyone to do that to him!
Besides, I always thought of a lightsaber as a permanent laser always at the ready. Superman shoots lasers out of his eyes. He even uses them to shave. So at the most a lightsaber might give him a really fast body wax.
I’m sure there are countless scenarios and arguments fans could make for both sides, but for me I just don’t see Supes being taken down by a lightsaber. It will burn off his clothes, maybe cause him some stinging pain, but I think he could just take that lightsaber and snap it in two.